Oct 10, 2012 6:30pm EDT
the university is looking foremost to whether or not it has an environment in which african americans or hispanic students don't feel like spokespersons for their races. >> reporter: abigail fisher's lawyer bert rein calls college diversity important but not if it discriminates. >> the absence of equal protection was a sin in this country for a long, long time and we're simply trying to say those rights belong to everybody. >> reporter: several of the justices seem conflicted about that 2003 decision that allows the use of race to achieve college diversity. the author of that decision, sandra day o'connor, was watching these arguments in the courtroom. scott, either way, the future of affirmative action at hundreds of colleges and universities is now in play and riding on this decision. >> pelley: wyatt, as you mentioned, enrollment at the university of texas is nearly 50% white, about 18.5% hispanic, 15% asian and 4.5% black. anna werner found that on the campus, opinions are divided. >> and this is the famous photo -- >> reporter: heman sweatt's great uncle went on to beco
Oct 11, 2012 5:30pm PDT
changes in the environment. and john blackstone tells us about that. >> reporter: on the shores of washington state's olympic peninsula, bill dewey is a farmer, a shellfish farmer. he's been raising oysters, clams, and muscles for 30 years. >> i'm in shellfish heaven. it is just a gift of nature. mpsthe hatchery pumps in seawater to nurture baby oysters, this looks like dark igter when you first look at it but in fact there are 20 million baby oysters in this little tank in front of us here. >> >> reporter: but suddenly the ocean water is preventing new oysters from forming shells. they die. >> it dissolves the shells of of oysters. >> reporter: they're very vulnerable. ibed theibed the die-off to hundreds of scientists in monterey, california. they call is ocean -terification, and with google, produced a globe showing the long-term impact. the deepening red illustrates the expected rise in ocean acid levels over the next three centuries. what is turning the oceans to acid is carbon dioxide from cars and factories. 30% of co2 released into the atmosphere is absorbed by the oceans.
Oct 5, 2012 5:30pm PDT
below that 8% level but it's still indicative of a slow-growth environment. >> reporter: michelle meyer is senior u.s. economist for bank of america. 100,000 plus jobs is healthy but not impressive. ut and think about what we've come off of, the deepest postwar recession and we're adding about 100,000 or so jobs a month. it's not sufficient. >> reporter: much of the drop in the unemployment rate is due to the growth in part-time jobs. ve i didn't even get responses to my resumes. >> reporter: 56-year-old amy crawford was forced to take a minimum wage job in a chicago restaurant. when she couldn't find full time work as a home designer. >> i'm almost at a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. i'm not confident in the economy. >> reporter: 40% of the enemployed have been out of work six months or more. that number did not drop last dnth. ded chairman ben bernanke said this week his concern is that t iwth just isn't fast enough to put people back to work. >> pelley: anthony, you 5entioned that about 150,000 ngbs are being created each atnth lately. fhat kind of difference does t